Field Trips

[To be booked separately; limited space; first come first served basis]

Tuesday 9 July

Visit to Cambuskenneth Abbey –

there will be limited bus spaces but those with cars are welcome to travel down to the abbey ruins from the Campus under their own steam.

Founded in c.1140 by David I, the Augustinian house of Cambuskenneth or St Mary of Stirling was one of the major monastic corporations of central Scotland and played a significant part in national political and cultural life – especially during the Wars of Independence – and in the economic life of Stirling and district. The chief survival of the abbey buildings is the magnificent 13th century campanile that dominates the site today, and portions of the abbot’s residence on the banks of the River Forth.

Wednesday 10 July

Visit to Dunblane Cathedral

–         there will be limited bus spaces but those with cars are welcome to travel up to the Cathedral  from the Campus under their own steam.

Much of the structure of Dunblane Cathedral was built in the 13thc by Clement, and Dominican Friar.  Prior to this building structure, there was probably a church and tower dating from the 12thc.  Clement died in 1258, but had completed the Lady Chapel and most of the standing structure.  The Cathedral continued to be lavishly filled with elegant furniture and architecture until the church became protestant in 1560. Due to lack of use the Nave’s roof deteriorated and fell by the end of the 16thc, which was restored in the late 19th c.


Friday 12 July

Trip 1This option visits three of the great monastic ruins of the Scottish Borders, and the remains of one of the most important medieval hospitals in southern Scotland. It will first visit the remains of Kelso Abbey, the Tironensian monastery whose original foundation at Selkirk represented the first reformed Benedictine plantation in the British Isles. From there it will move on to the Augustinian abbey at Jedburgh, one of the most complete 12th century monastic church ruins in Scotland. The next site is Melrose Abbey, the first Cistercian community in Scotland, whose remains are dominated by the magnificent late 14th century church. The final site is Soutra, the location of an Augustinian hospital on the old roadway between Edinburgh and the south and scene of important excavation in the 1980s.

Trip 2-  This tour visits three of the major medieval monastic sites of eastern Scotland. Its first stop is Restenneth Priory, an Augustinian cell whose ruins include the tower for a pre-monastic church. The next site is Arbroath Abbey, Kelso’s greatest daughter-house and one of the wealthiest monasteries in the kingdom. The final monument is St Andrews Cathedral-Priory, the most important Augustinian community in Scotland, serving the principal episcopal see and the shrine of St Andrew the Apostle. In addition to the cathedral-priory ruins, there will be opportunity to visit the reliquary church of St Rule, the remains of the collegiate church of St Mary-on-the-Rock, and the ruins of the Dominican friary.


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